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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2015

MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

These Diamond Pack wolf pups triggered a remote camera stationed in northeastern Washington by the Washington Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the state Fish and Wildlife Department. The motion-triggered cameras help monitor wolf movements and numbers.  (Washington Department of Natural Resources)

Court rejects plan to kill more wolves in Washington 39 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A federal judge in Tacoma has rejected plans to increase the killing of wolves in Washington state by a federal agency, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Bryan last week ruled that the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services should...

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Some Inland Northwest forests roads suffered damage from flooding in early December 2015. The Bonners Ferry Ranger District closed Road 314 (Boulder Creek Road) above near milepost 14. (Idaho Panhandle National Forests)

Forest road washouts curtail access in some areas

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Getting to where you want to go outdoors this winter and into spring and summer could be difficult in some areas where roads were damaged by rain-on-snow flooding events earlier this month. Idaho Panhandle National Forests have joined Okanogan-Wenatchee national forests in...

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JACKSON, WYOMING -- Elk, part of a herd of more than 1,600, make their way through blowing snow at the National Elk Refuge outside Jackson Hole, Wyo., where, for 90 years, elk coming down from the high country for the winter, have gathered where they are fed through the season. Almost 8,000 elk in three herds, fed alfalfa pellets daily in the coldest months, start arriving in mid-October from the surrounding high country. Tourists can reach the herd by horse-drawn sleigh. (Michael Kodas / Associated Press)

Hunters won't be lichen latest threat to elk

WILDLIFE -- Scabies, hoof-rot, wolves -- and now another threat to the dream of bountiful elk herds. Wyoming wildlife officials suspect toxic lichen sickened elk After three sick elk were found and euthanized near Rawlins, Wyoming Fish and Game officials are asking the public to...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2015

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2015

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2015

Three Fools Peak along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Land and Water Conservation Fund restored in budget deal 

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- A federal fund critical to conservation and recreation in Washington state has been reauthorized by Congress for three years. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s premiere fund for protecting parks, trails, working forests and waterways, expired for the first time...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015

A bison treats snowcoach riders to a view in Yellowstone National Park. 
  (Mike Brodwater / Northern Exposure Photography)

Yellowstone Park opens to winter travel

WINTER TRAVEL -- Winter travel into Yellowstone National Park opened today thanks to recent snow storms that have layered enough snow on roads to unleash the snow coaches. Winter transportation gives outdoors lovers access to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching in areas such as...

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Montana trying to draw the line on walleye 

FISHING -- Montana is trying to fight back against "bucket biologists" who've been raising havoc with fisheries for years. Most recently, Montana has order anglers to turn in walleye caught in Swan Lake and River, according to the Flathead Beacon. After discovering illegally introduced walleye...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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